The Champaign-Urbana News Gazoo in Illinois reports that University of Illinois professor Steve LaValle was Just Riding Along when he ran across a diabetic man parked on the side of the road. LaValle is currently on a leave of absence from the U of I and is working in Irvine, California, where he rides his bike to and from work.
People who ride bikes frequently tout the improved opportunities for observation while traveling at a more human pace. In this case, the slower pace of travel and exposure to the elements gave LaValle, a computer science professor in Illinois, the opportunity to help another individual.
Biking home from work on a busy, dark street, University of Illinois Professor Steve LaValle noticed something odd.
On the shoulder was a car with the driver’s door standing open, and a man standing with one leg on the pavement and one on the brake.
The incident happened about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near the University of California-Irvine campus. That particular stretch of the road runs through a nature preserve and is “pitch black,” LaValle said. “Cars were zipping by in the dark.”
[The car was less than 200 feet from a major intersection when LaValle] noticed the car starting to roll. The driver couldn’t figure out how to stop it, so LaValle jumped behind him and put it in park.
The driver apparently had a problem with his blood sugar while driving.
Full story at the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette: Faculty member on leave from UI answers driver’s request for help. H/T to Bryn.